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Jack Burtner


Inducted February 17, 1994

Jack burner is known as the "Grand Old Man of Wasco Athletics," a title of proud acknowledgment of his 35 years of service to that community. Burtner came to Wasco high in 1949 out of San Jose State, to start the only job he would ever have, teaching and coaching. Burtner, a left-handed pitcher/outfielder/first baseman, served in the Pacific in World War II with such big leaguers as Max West, Ferris Fain and Walt Judnich. He played and managed Wasco Merchants when that team was the scourge of Kern County and drew crowds of several thousand. Butner, known primarily for his baseball coaching, he also served as the athletic director. He became active in a variety of community sports projects and won state and regional honors for his work in high school athletic administration.